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Talkin' Dirty (Brewers)

We’ve been revisiting the importance of keeping your brewing equipment clean.  The residues and oils that naturally build up can taint your coffee and if they’re left unchecked for too long can ruin your brewing equipment.  A regular equipment cleaning is inexpensive and a necessary part of the process of brewing great coffee.  Mineral buildup can cause electric coffee makers to brew at a lower temperature, out of the recommended 195-205° range.  We sell a few types of cleaners so we decided to do tests, with before and after shots, of brewing equipment.  All the tests soaked in the cleaner for a few hours, some more than others depending on how dirty they were!  


The project started because one of our employees took home some ...

Cuptober Fest 2013

Our Coffee Shrub roasting wizard, Chris Schooley flew in yesterday and roasted a few batches on our Probat L12. He roasted one to near perfection and really messed up the others...and then he borrowed Tom's skillet and totally scorched a small batch as well. OK, wait! Yes, he did all this on purpose, and for a good reason too. A little while back, Chris blogged about stretching out roasts so we thought it would be fun to get some folks together and taste the differences between roast batches that have been extended, shortened, baked and scorched.


A New Guatemala Lot and Two New Blends

Guatemala Huehuetenango - Tono Sanchez has blackberry syrup, apple juice and pear married with dark chocolate and cinnamon.

Sweet Maria's Aviador Dro Decaf Blend is a great dual use blend that works well across the roast spectrum with simple syrup sweetness and big body.

Sweet Maria's Altiplano Blend is another dual use blend that has apricot sweetness, silky mouthfeel, and black tea notes.

We are investigating trendy new brewing methods in the lab today. Dan and a French flip drip circa 1920.

- Tom
Sent from Tom's phone
(please forgive misspellings)

Eat Real: A Real Success

The Eat Real Festival here in Oakland, CA gets bigger and better each year. This is why we are always so excited to get invited back to share our love of coffee roasting with curious folks. We sent a lot of future home roasters home with samples of our very chocolate-y and mellow Brazil Fazenda Sao Benedito. The folks at Eat Real really stepped it up this year and created an area just for coffee vendors so it was a blast being around the thing we love.